Anyone who only watches Steam for new releases might have missed out on the launch of Planet Stronghold: Colonial Defense by Winter Wolves. This title marks their first foray into the sci-fi visual novel / collectible card game hybrid market and is set before the events of the original Planet Stronghold game. The game was released on January 25th, 2016 on the official website and is available for Windows, MAC and Linux
The Gameboy Advance is the last place I would have expected an engrossing, turn based war game, but once I started playing Advance Wars I was hooked. The visuals and audio is rather minimal, but the gameplay is addictive enough that you will hardly notice this. Even if you are not a fan of strategy games, this one might just change your mind.
Gameplay: Deeper than your average GBA game and incredibly addictive.
Graphics: Very minimal, but very cool unit designs.
Sound: Catchy but very repetitive
If you like Plants Vs Zombies then you will have a blast with Go Home Dinosaurs! There is a nice selection of units and levels are quite frantic. The sixty levels will fly by in the blink of an eye but achieving three steaks on each level provides some long term challenge.
Gameplay: Simple but very entertaining and addictive.
Graphics: While not spectacular the art style is very nice.
Loot Hound allows you to unleash your dog on different parks in an effort to find the most epic loot. It is a very simple game, but quite addictive and very humorous. The challenge level is quite low, but the abundance of levels and loot increases the replay value. As far as casual games goes, this one is relaxing and entertaining, which makes it easy to recommend.
Gameplay: Not very challenging, but quirky and addictive enough to keep you playing.
Graphics: Fairly basic, but quite charming.
Sound: Great ambient sound effects and a very humorous narrator
Viva Pinata is one of those games where looks can very deceiving. Although it looks like a children’s game that would offer no challenge to older players it actually packs some nice gameplay features and a ton of stuff to do. It’s not perfect but there’s hours of fun to be had here.
Gameplay: Way more addictive than I ever thought it would be.
Graphics: Maybe a bit too childish for some but definitely very cute.
Sound: Loads of critter sound effects and nice ambient noises
Nerdook once again impresses with a title that delivers turn-based strategy in an engaging, humorous and very accessible manner. The visuals are charming, the gameplay addictive and although short, there are enough reasons to replay the game a couple of times. Anyone looking for a turn-based strategy title that can be enjoyed without a degree in military tactics should definitely add Reverse Crawl to their library.
Gameplay: Easy to play, but with enough depth to keep it interesting right to the end.
Graphics: Features the typical charming Nerdook visual style.
Sound: No voice acting, but the music is pleasant enough
Seemingly satisfied with dominating the jigsaw puzzle genre on Steam, Decaying Logic has turned their attention naval combat. Well, strategy, real time tactics, action RPG, and naval combat to be exact. Combining all these genres into something that not only works, but is actually fun to play is quite a task, which is why the developers opted for Early Access to ensure everything is done right
Redshirt is not a game for people that want to jump in and be impressed right away. It takes a while to get used to the interface and what the game expects of you, but once you are hooked it is easy to lose hours. There is a lot of replay value here, but it can feel like a repetitive grind at times. Don’t be fooled by the visuals either as this game requires a lot of strategic planning if you want to survive the perils of being a redshirt.
Gameplay: Keeping track of everything can feel like spinning plates at times.
Graphics: Functional and streamlined.
Sound: Dramatic music and fitting sound effects
Dead Man’s Draw might be a casual title but don’t expect it to be mindless. After unlocking some traits and making your way through the tournaments you have to think strategically in order to win. The game lacks a multi-player mode, but there is plenty of content to keep you busy.
Gameplay: A card game that mixes luck and strategy in equal measures.
Graphics: Nice visuals and a polished interface.
Sound: Fitting music and some crisp sound effects
Concrete Jungle offers an interesting mix of genres that all combine to offer a compelling gameplay experience that is also much more challenging than you would think. In the versus modes, city planning turns into a vicious game of sabotage and dirty tricks, while the solo mode requires players to think ahead in order to survive. Multi-player is unfortunately local only, but even so this game will keep players busy for ages.
Gameplay: The game is very addictive and truly a joy to play despite sometimes being as hard as nails.
Graphics: When zoomed in the visuals look a bit fuzzy, but overall the amount of detail and variety is top notch.
Sound: Great tunes and some surprisingly good voice acting